Cavin wanted Pienaar at Usuthu

Posted: 11 March 2018 Time: 10:00

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson feels Steven Pienaar retired too early and would have been a good fit at Usuthu.

Pienaar last week called time on a distinguished 17-year career that saw him star for the likes of Bafana Bafana, Everton and Ajax Amsterdam and rub shoulders with superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale and Wesley Sneijder.

The 35-year-old, who had a brief disappointing spell at Bidvest Wits this season, admitted to that getting up early and sitting in traffic pushed him towards hanging up his boots.

Johnson considers 'Schillo' to be one of the greatest players to come out of South Africa.

“If you look at where he has played and who he has played for, he is probably one of the best players to ever come out of South Africa,” says Johnson, who coached a young Pienaar at the Transnet School of Excellence and likewise hails from Westbury in Johannesburg.

“When you look at the amount of trophies he’s won, the teams he has played for, the players he has played with, he’s probably played with some of the best players in the world.”

Pienaar won two Eredivisie trophies, the Dutch Cup and was named Everton's player of the year in 2009/10, while he captained Bafana and earned 62 caps among other achievements.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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